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ATM hackers skim $3.3 million from 200 customers
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:09:31 -0600 (CST)


By Tim Damos
Capital Newspapers

BARABOO -- An ATM machine hacking scheme that affected 200 Bank of Prairie du Sac customers was part of a wider-ranging fraud that has “skimmed” at least $3.3 million from U.S. debit card users and drawn the attention of the Secret Service.

Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins has filed felony identity theft charges against Mihai Vasile Bandura, a 39-year-old man who authorities believe is from Romania and may already have left the country, or is in the process of leaving.

A Sauk County judge has authorized a warrant for Bandura’s arrest.

In November, Bank of Prairie du Sac Senior Vice President Roxi Maier contacted the Sauk Prairie Police Department to report that numerous customers had noticed unauthorized withdrawals from their accounts at ATMs in Milwaukee, Racine and Chicago.

Police suspect the scam artists placed a “skimming device” on the bank’s ATM at the Sentry Food Store in Prairie du Sac and used it to collect customers’ card information.

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